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Scent Name: Tristran

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Neil Gaiman’s Stardust

Scent Description and Notes: “Tristran put down his wooden cup of tea, and stood up, offended.

“What,” he asked, in what he was certain were lofty and scornful tones, “would possibly make you imagine that my lady-love would have sent me on some foolish errand?”

The little man stared up at him with eyes like beads of jet. “Because that’s the only reason a lad like you would be stupid enough to cross the border into Faerie. The only ones who ever come here from your lands are the minstrels, and the lovers, and the mad. And you don’t look like much of a minstrel, and you’re – pardon me saying so, lad, but it’s true – ordinary as cheese-crumbs. So it’s love, if you ask me.”

“Because,” announces Tristran, “every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel.”

Dust on your trousers, mud on your boots, and stars in your eyes: redwood, tonka bean, white sandalwood, lemon peel, patchouli, rosewood, coriander, and crushed mint. -BPAL

Oil Color: I cannot tell from the brown apothecary bottle.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company and collection in white block font in a navy text field along the bottom.  The name of the scent is in a larger Celtic-stylized navy font right above the text box.  The majority of the image is white with a simple ink rendering of Tristran looking contemplative.


  • ITB:  I had the chance to sniff some scents I had never tested at ECCC this year, and Tristran was one that absolutely had to come home with me.  First, I’m a huge fan of mint notes since I remember the Body Shop selling the odd puzzle-type perfume bottles. Second, the resins are pure, deliciously heady, and a fantastic compliment to the woods and lemon peel. How could I resist?
  • Wet:  Delightfully pure rosewood comes first out on my skin, followed briefly by lemon peel, then tonka gently twirls with alight sandalwood while mint lurks underneath, adding a delightful depth to the scent as a whole. 
  • Dry: It fades pretty quickly, much faster than I had anticipated.  What remains is a really soft light sandalwood, lemon peel, coriander cloud that is just as ephemeral as the series. 

Other Impressions: None.